James Naismith invented basketball, and John McLendon Jr. revolutionized it with the fast break. But when McLendon first enrolled the University of Kansas in the 1930's, Director of Phys Ed Naismith proved an important ally in fighting against segregation away from the court.
For those who follow LSU, Arizona State, Texas and other near-perennial College World Series qualifiers, Rosenblatt Stadium had become a beautiful summer vacation home. But it had a much deeper meaning for the people of Omaha. For them, the polarizing decision to raze the ’Blatt and relocate its tenants has felt more like a high-stakes battle for the soul of a modest midwestern city.